Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Dolores O'Riordan from the Cranberries (SNL)

Commercial - Horse Play

Anne Hathaway ... Alanis Morissette
Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman
Danielle Flora ... dancer
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Andy Samberg ... Robert Smith
Jason Sudeikis ... Adam Lambert
Kenan Thompson ... Cee Lo
Kristen Wiig ... Dolores O'Riordan

A heart-warming film about a team of horses who wanted to play baseball has a soundtrack.

I'm not always the biggest fan of these "Hey let's come up with a make believe kids movie and then have our players impersonate musicians who would create songs for the soundtrack" skit ideas, but, wow. The cast really takes it and runs with it. (This is a semi-sequel to "Bunny Business" on 11.07.2009.)

Kristen's Cranberries singer was the first time on SNL. This is the first Robert Smith impression on SNL. Cheri Oteri did Alanis Morisette once on 11.14.1998. Jason's second take on Adam Lambert (and he's the only SNL player to do it). Kenan's Cee Lo was the first time on SNL. Fred is the one person to bring his impression back from Bunny Business. Fred's second take on Randy Newman (and the only SNL player to do it).

Here are my rankings in how awesome these impressions were (and hilarious)...

1. Kristen Wiig ... Dolores O'Riordan (Cranberries) - Wow. Kristen gets first place just for nailing the voice so amazingly well. The "Oats" part at the end was good too.

2. Andy Samberg ... Robert Smith - Andy nails the voice, look, and hand motions. The crying at the end really makes it great.

3. Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman - A hilarious butchering of Randy's voice. Too short though.

4. Anne Hathaway ... Alanis Morissette - Anne really gets into this. It would have been higher on the list if it was funnier.

5. Jason Sudeikis ... Adam Lambert - Probably the best gag of the skit, and he looks great, but it's mostly just a gag. No singing here. Still the humor in itself gave him the edge over Kenan.

6. Kenan Thompson ... Cee Lo - A great impression, but not really funny.


And just for fun, here was the lineup on Bunny Business...

Taylor Swift ... Shakira
Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman
Abby Elliott ... Christina Aguilera
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Bill Hader ... Eddie Vedder
Andy Samberg ... Adam Duritz
Kenan Thompson ... Jennifer Hudson
Kristen Wiig ... Natalie Merchant

Abby Elliott wasn't even in this one (she usually does impressions of singers). It's amazing how many talented singers SNL has.

Kristen just knocked this one out of the park and ruled it.


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